Tue 29 May 2012

15:00 - 17:30

Designing for a Sustainable Future

In the seminar Designing for a Sustainable Future a designer, an architect, and an artist compare and tell their points of view on how a sustainable, livable future should be constructed.

In the seminar Designing for a Sustainable Future a designer, an architect, and an artist compare and tell their points of view on how a sustainable, livable future should be constructed. Designing for a Sustainable Future is collaboration between the Hjelt Foundation and Aalto University.

The Allan & Bo Hjelt Art Foundation contributes to the Finnish cultural and art scene by sponsoring speakers from around the world to come give talks, presentations and workshops in Finland. It was founded by Bo Hjelt in 2008 in memory of his father Allan Hjelt, a devoted art lover and collector, whose collection was donated by the Foundation to various Finnish museums, including the National Gallery. For more information, please see www.hjeltfoundations.org.

Toshiko Mori
Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She is principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, and founder of VisionArc, a think tank promoting global dialogue for a sustainable future. Her firm’s recent work includes performance spaces for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and for ART/New York, as well as the School of Environmental Science for Brown University, a Master Plan for NYU, and a lab building for the Novartis campus in Cambridge. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design.

Dan Hill
Dan Hill is a designer and urbanist working for Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, in their Strategic Design Unit and exploring how design might enable systemic change throughout society, particularly in the context of governance. Throughout a career focused on integrating design, technology, cities and people, Dan has been responsible for shaping many innovative, popular and critically acclaimed products, services and strategies. He has worked on sustainable city developments all over the world, such as Helsinki's Low2No in Jätkäsaari, Masdar in Abu Dhabi, and Barangaroo in Sydney.
Prior to Sitra, Dan was an Associate at Arup, Web & Broadcast Director for Monocle, Head of Interactive Technology & Design for the BBC, and he also writes for City of Sound & Domus, amongst others.

Marika Wachtmeister
Marika Wachtmeister is the founding director of a sculpture park located in Wanås in Östra Göinge in southern Sweden. As the border between art and design is no longer clearcut – the loans happen both ways – today’s artists find inspiration in organ issues and design. In the last 25 years 80 000 visitors has been attracted to Wanås and its collection of 50 permanent art works, sculptures and installations by both international (Yoko Ono, Jenny Holzer) and Nordic (Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson) artists in the middle of organic agriculture and wild untouched nature.

Laura A. Delaney Ruskeepää
This seminar’s is moderated by Helsinki based architect, urban designer and researcher Laura A. Delaney Ruskeepää. Laura’s work focuses on environmental and public space issues in cities, spanning a range of topics such as climate change adaptation in urban design, water quality improvement in cities, and adaptable public space. She is currently a research assistant, programme architecture coordinator and teacher in Aalto University’s school of Arts, Design and Architecture, in the Creative Sustainability Programme and Urban Design Chair. Laura's view on sustainability concerns designing for flexibility and resilience, using a 100+ year time scale.

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